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Watch an Hour-Long Chat with Comedy Central President Kent Alterman

Grantland conducted this hour-plus conversation with Kent Alterman, head of original programming at Comedy Central. Alterman's been at the network for nearly two decades and has plenty of stuff to talk about, from giving a show to the Upright Citizens Brigade in the mid-'90s to working to develop Broad City.

Inside 'The [206]', the Most Popular Local TV Comedy in America

The seeds of the most popular local TV comedy in the country were planted 25 years ago, outside a Seattle restaurant when two strangers walked up to Chris Cashman’s dad, Pat, and thanked him for his work on Almost Live, a local sketch comedy show similar to Saturday Night Live.

“They didn't even know him,” Chris, now 36, recalls. "That was the neatest thing I'd ever heard of, and I thought, if I could just do that some day…”

But Almost Live was cancelled in 1999, just as Chris became old enough to join it. The show didn’t generate enough profits for the Texas company that bought the station and the [...]

Comedy Central Orders 'This Is Not Happening' to Series

Comedy Central announced in a press release today that they've picked up the CC:Studios web series This Is Not Happening, a standup storytelling show hosted by Ari Shaffir, for an eight-episode run on television to premiere this fall. This order marks the network's first pickup of a show developed via its digital initiative CC:Studios. "The only reason we are picking up This Is Not Happening is to prove we can incubate an idea digitally and then have it migrate to the linear channel," said Kent Alterman, president of the network's development and original programming. "And also, it's really funny storytelling with fantastic talent." For more on This Is [...]

Mitch Hurwitz to Develop a New Series for Netflix Under Multi-Year Deal

According to Deadline, Netflix has found a way to keep Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz around by signing him under a rare multi-year deal to create and produce series for the streaming network. The deal would involve Hurwitz as both a creator of new series as well as a developer for other creators' projects "as a non-writing executive producer," acting as Netflix's consulting creative for their upcoming comedies. While no firm updates on Arrested Development have been made yet, Hurwitz and Netflix have reportedly been in talks to produce another season or original movie in the near future.

"It is incredibly inspiring to get to produce for [...]

Ed Begley Jr. Is a Cool Priest on 'Portlandia'

Here's a sketch from tomorrow's episode of Portlandia, in which Ed Begley Jr. plays a priest rebranding his church for a new audience and also trying acupuncture for the first time.

'Community' Uses Donald Glover in a Movie Poster Parody to Help the Show Get Renewed

Community's fate is up in the air, with NBC's decision whether to renew the sitcom for a sixth season or not coming soon. Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind the show, has made a series of faux-movie posters featuring Community stars to get buzz about the series going on social media, and they even got former Community actor Donald Glover, who left the show early this past season, to do one.

Check out the Glover poster, a parody of the movie Cast Away featuring his character Troy Barnes, below (via TV Guide):

VH1 Cancels 'Best Week Ever' Again

VH1 announced today that they've canceled long-running series Best Week Ever for a second time. Best Week Ever originally ran from 2004 to 2009, when it was initially canceled. VH1 rebooted the show in January of 2013, with a new cast and format, featuring comedians Michael Che, Nick Turner, Ali Wong, and more.

"Best Week Ever was a pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004, delivering its signature blend of comedy and tongue-in-cheek opinions on the most entertaining news and pop culture stories of the previous seven days,” said VH1 in a statement. “The series also served as a national launching pad [...]

Take a Peek at This Week's LEGOfied 'Simpsons' Episode

This Sunday's Simpsons episode "Brick Like Me" will see Homer waking up in a world where all of Springfield has been transformed into LEGO blocks, and it's up to him to figure out how to get back home "before he's stuck in a world of bricks forever." Click through to check out some stills from the episode, which will either disturb you greatly or inspire you to buy the real-life Simpsons LEGO set. (via Comic Book Movie)

Watch Stephen Colbert and David Letterman Have a Chat on 'Late Show'

Letterman's Late Show successor Stephen Colbert was a guest on the show last night, and the two talked about the time Colbert accidentally landed an internship at the show, much to the dismay of his college girlfriend. Click through to watch Colbert recite a Top 10 list he and his writing partner Paul Dinello submitted to the show in 1997 just before they got a series order for Strangers with Candy.

Watch Amy Schumer Instantly Regret Going to Couples Counseling

Here's a new clip from tonight's Inside Amy Schumer where Amy and her boyfriend go to couples counseling, which unfortunately for Amy is led by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, whose nerdy counselor glasses do little to take away from the "communication" problem Amy's trying to fix.

Paul Schneider Explains Why He Left 'Parks and Rec' and Won't Ever Go Back

Former Parks and Recreation star Paul Schneider, who played Pawnee city planner Mark Brendanawicz in the show's first two seasons, did an interview with Screencrush shedding some light on his exit from the show and whether he'll ever come back as a guest star as co-creator Mike Schur has suggested.

"That experience was very strange for me," said Schneider reflecting on Parks and Rec. "I signed up for a specific character that was changed in mid-season. And it became a character with a lot less to do. And, all of a sudden, I was kind of confused and kind of having a lot less to do." When [...]

Andy Samberg, Charlize Theron, and Andrew Garfield Are Hosting the Last Three 'SNL's of the Season

NBC just announced the hosts and musical guests for the final three Saturday Night Live episodes of the season:

May 3rd: Andrew Garfield/Coldplay

May 10th: Charlize Theron/The Black Keys

May 17th: Andy Samberg/St. Vincent

This is the first time hosting for both Garfield and Samberg and the second for Theron, who last hosted in 2000. Samberg left SNL in 2012 after seven years and is currently starring in the critically-acclaimed Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which won him a Golden Globe earlier this year. SNL is a rerun this week but will return new with the May 3rd episode.

Jimmy Fallon Makes John Oliver Relive His Last 'Daily Show' Episode

Ahead of the premiere of his new HBO show this Sunday, John Oliver dropped by Tonight Show only to be forced to rewatch his very emotional Daily Show goodbye episode. Click through to watch Oliver take Fallon on a journey through all of his defaced NYC billboard ads as well as his "nauseating" interview with The Hollywood Reporter for his recent cover story.

There's a Real Website for 'Silicon Valley's Pied Piper

HBO has launched PiedPiper.com, a website for the app from the show Silicon Valley, featuring a super wordy explanation of the technology ("we hope will make the world a better place through compression services across diversified market segments") and bios for the show's main characters ("In 2011 he replaced the homepage of the Federal Reserve with the cover of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. [paperback edition] It took them a week to get it down. You’re welcome").